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Make an ash stool with wedged mortice and tenon joints at Tom Trimmins Woodwork London

Ash stool with wedged mortice and tenon joints at Tom Trimmins Woodwork London

About the Course

On this course you will make a neat ash stool with wedged tenons. This is an ideal first furniture project for beginners but also for those with a bit more experience. I designed this originally with a milking stool in mind, seeing as my workshop is on a city farm this seemed like a good starting point. I wanted to make a simple piece that could be used as a stool or a side table and that is slim enough that it can fit in to your home easily, perhaps sidled up to to a sofa or favourite chair.

What will I learn?

Though the design is pretty simple, it is made by various interesting methods that use my favoured balance between hand and power tools. For example, you will start with just a rough board and plane it down by hand on one side and then cut it to thickness with a machinethe. We will shape the seat using the table saw and router or hand plane. A selection of jigs are then used to hold the pieces of wood so they can be worked on with the pillar drill and thickess planer. The tapered legs, the tenons and the mortices in the seat are all made using jigs. One of the most exciting parts of the course is hammering the wedges into the ends of the tenons on the tops of the legs-this makes the end of the tenon too big to go back out the way it came and gives a really strong joint.

Who is this suitable for?

If you’ve got a hankering to make a real piece of furniture that you can take home, use every day and be proud of then this is the ideal course for you. You will learn how to work with hand tools and machinery which will give you an idea of how you might go about making other things in the future. If you’ve never done any woodwork before you will get on absolutely fine-have no fear! If you have made a few things before I can help you develop any skills used in the course that you want to focus on.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials, use of tools and usually biscuits of some kind!


Tom at Tom Trimmins Woodwork
Tom Trimmins @ Freightliners City Farm
Sheringham Road
N7 8PF
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8 evenings over 8 weeks 6.30pm-9.30pm

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